Symposia, Webinars, #EE30u30, NOAA Climate Stewards

United States Regional Student Research Symposia (SRS)

Watch this space, at the top of every blog, for news on the NSF-funded U.S. Regional SRS as dates and locations roll in! If you are a teacher and participated last year, please contact me at about the opportunity to blog about the experience!


Geographic Area Location Date
Southeast Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama April 27-29, 2017
Midwest Purdue University, Indiana May 19-20, 2017
Southwest Campus Village, Colorado May 19-21, 2017
Pacific Jet Propulsion Lab, California June (tentative)
Northeast & Mid-Atlantic TBD TBD
Northwest TBD TBD


Virtual Science Symposium

I hope you had a chance to attend or listen to the archived webinar about the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium.

There is a lot of great information to help prepare to submit entries this spring!


GLOBE Mission Earth

Another resource for you to check out is the GLOBE Mission Earth Facebook page and YouTube channel where GLOBE teachers and students are discussing the research they carry out, along with NASA nuggets.

Mission Earth: Fusing GLOBE with NASA Assets to Build Systemic Innovation in STEM Education, a NASA funded grant, creates a synergy among the following institutions: The University of Toledo, Boston University, Tennessee State University, WestEd/UC Berkeley,  and NASA Langley.

The next webinar is coming up on Wednesday, the 26th of October at 8pm EST.  


North American Association for Environmental Educators (NAAEE)

Last week I was in Madison, WI for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Annual Conference. Here are some highlights:

  • There is a Research Symposium that runs before the conference. Guess who I ran into? One of our Canadian GLOBE friends, Kevin O’Connor! He was there presenting his research “Developing a Sense of Place: School and Community Partnerships.” Small world!

  • NAAEE’s international component is GEEP, Global Environmental Education Partnership. GLOBE and GEEP have some countries in common. Hmmmm…
  • I attended several sessions following the “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” strand including one by Kim Moore Bailey and Rena Fidelia Payan from Youth Outside, based in Oakland, CA.
  • A panel moderated by Danni Washington and composed of some of the NAAEE and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “EE 30 under 30” left me in awe after the introductions. If you are on Twitter, you can search #EE30u30 or #NAAEE2016 to see what transpired.  It was also live on Facebook. I’d assign it for home viewing for students if I had any!
  • California Partners, teachers and students, have you heard of Cal Water H2O Challenge?
  • David Suzuki was the opening night keynote (amazing!) and Aimee Nezhukumatathil was on Friday (her presence and her talk radiated nature, poetry, and inclusion). Dr. Nezhukumatathil is a professor at SUNY Fredonia, a GLOBE Partnership!!
  • I’m starting to delve into some systems thinking resources at ThinkWater. From what I can see so far, I might be highlighting some in particular that GLOBE teachers and Partners may find helpful.
  • Another workshop brought me to the MadeClear website, an outcome of the Regional Climate Change Education community of practice in Maryland and Delaware. This project was supported by an NSF grant (FYI, our NOAA partners are part of the community!).
  • EPA’s Office of Environmental Education is in the process of developing a new strategic plan. Ginger Potter shared progress and facilitated a conversation on what the session attendees think should be included in that plan.
  • Molina Walters, a GLOBE Partner at Arizona State University, presented “Sense of Wonder – Nature Journaling” and “Environmental Education in Preservice Teacher Education.”
  • Ramona Nelson from the Tennessee Environmental Education Alliance Partnership and Anne Lewis from the South Dakota Discovery Center GLOBE Partnership attended. Ramona displayed a poster (“Grounded in EE: A Public Charter School and Forest Kindergarten”) and Anne volunteered! It was so nice to see them.
  • My colleague Susan Cox from the USDA Forest Service presented “Building Science Literacy with Field Investigations and Collaboration” to a good crowd on Thursday afternoon at 4pm. This is a project we have been working on for nine years with New Hampshire Math-Science Partnership funding.
  • The workshop I attended Friday morning, “Connecting STEM to Native Science through Indigenous Arts and Sciences” was one that really made me stop and think. Some of the materials the Earth Partnership uses are from GLOBE. Is a GLOBE Partnership in their future? 
  • I met with Rose Pertzborn from the University of Wisconsin Madison, Space Science and Engineering Center, a GLOBE Partner. It was a personal highlight during the trip as well as a professional one. I was able to view, up close and personal, the download equipment for the GOES and MODIS satellites! So cool!


Opportunity: NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

From the website: “The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through university age students with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public actively engaged in climate stewardship. CSEP also provides support for educators to develop and execute climate stewardship (mitigation and/or adaptation) projects with their audiences to increase understanding of climate science and take practical actions to reduce the impacts of climate change.”

For more information, click here!

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